Heart Signs

DSCF2821_edited-1In the past month, I stopped writing for a period of time.

Transition.

Contemplation.

When I returned here to share my walk of faith, I was encouraged by the “welcome back” and “I missed you” messages.

During this time, God is allowing me to see how each day, I can have a sign on my heart. Just like a sign on a business: open / closed / vacancy / no vacancy.

Each morning, we have a choice to post our heart sign. On my walk of faith, there have been many days when my heart seemed closed to God and I had no room for other people.

God desires our hearts to be open!

As a gentle witness, how can we help a person with a closed spiritual heart? I believe we start by sharing our personal  journey  so we can  find that common ground…that shared experience…those similar emotions. We can offer prayer, supportive scripture, and encouragement.

Once our hearts are  open, we can then make room for other people.

My prayer is for us to fully open our hearts today.

Come and see what God has done, how awesome his work in man’s behalf!”

- Psalm 66: 5

Our Spiritual Business Card

218Many of us give and receive business cards on a regular basis. Some are very simple while some are graphic works of art.

What about our spiritual business card? If we were to design our personal spiritual card, what message  would it convey? Who would we give them to?

It is reported that Mother Teresa had a “business card” with the following:

The fruit of prayer is faith; The fruit of faith is love; The fruit of love is service; The fruit of service is peace.”

- Mother Teresa

My prayer for today is to talk with God about the business He would like us to accomplish.

There is so much work to do.

Contemplation

IMG_0341God and I continue our conversation about my tendency to speed read scripture and my quick prayers. God reminds me such time is not something to be checked off  my daily list so I can get to whatever is next. As if whatever is next could somehow be more important.

It has been some time since I shared a quote from one of our beloved saints. This morning, while once again speed reading, God reminded me to slow down.

My prayer is for the words of St. Isidore of Seville to touch your heart with peaceful contemplation:

Learning unsupported by grace may get into our ears; it never reaches the heart. But when God’s grace touches our innermost minds to  bring understanding, His word which has been received by the ear sinks deep into the heart.”

- St. Isadore of Seville

Challenges

DSCF3603When I look at this image, I am reminded of a choice to be made. If the challenge is at the end of the walk, we can continue or turn around.

In one of Daniel Trosper’s poems, there is a line which reminds us of one of the greatest challenges of all times: “Facing a giant, nine feet high.” We are all familiar with the scripture and how so many lives were changed when a decision based on spiritual courage was made.

We all face challenges and at times, they appear gigantic…perhaps, impossible.

During these times, let us remember how David’s conversation with Saul resulted in these words:

Go, and the Lord be with you.”

1 Samuel 17: 37

As we face our challenges today, my prayer is for us to remember how God will equip us to proceed. As a gentle witness, we can assure those facing personal battles, they are not alone.

Sunday Questions

DSCF3008This morning, I have been reading scripture from Habakkuk. Although I’m not sure about this, I am guessing this book might have more questions than another other in the Bible.

According to my reference Bible, Habakkuk was a man who sought answers from God. Troubled by what he observed in the world, he approached God with serious and difficult questions.

We may be  asking similar questions today on our walk of faith. For example: “How long, O Lord must I call for help, but you do not listen?”

- Habakkuk 1:2

I have talked with people about this very question! Personally, early on my walk, I asked this question frequently! Anyone else share this experience?

In time, God assured me each word of every prayer was heard and considered. I learned how God works  behind the scenes while wanting our conversation to continue. Perhaps, there was a person I needed to meet or an action God wanted me to take.

As a gentle witness, we may have the opportunity to provide assurance for a person in need…a person seeking…a person with questions. As we share our faith journey, it is wonderful to be reminded of Habakkuk! Despite having so many questions, following his conversations with God, he concludes with:

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;  he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on to great heights.”

- Habakkuk 3: 19

 

Giving Thanks

386This morning in the grocery store, there seemed to be a bit more stress as people shopped for their Thanksgiving items. I heard several people ask if they knew if other locations still had certain items. I overheard one couple deciding if the 88 pound turkey would be big enough!

For some, a holiday week can be stressful. Travel plans, dinner plans and how to balance blended family visits.

Today, my prayer is for us to slow down. No speed reading! Perhaps, make a list of people you would like to thank on Thanksgiving day.

I say that I am always thankful to God, but this morning I realized that I don’t share that with Him often enough. Oh sure, in my speed prayers, I say those words but this weekend I really want to let God know. In my prayer journal at church tonight, I am writing out my prayer of thanks to God.

Blessings for your day with my sincere thanks for being here as we continue to discover and share God’s grace, faith, hope and love.

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”

- 1 Chronicles 29:13

Spiritual Speed Readng

DSCF4005I’m sure most of us have read  articles about how our eyes and minds seem to fill in the blanks of sentences where there are intentional misspellings. Sometimes, even entire paragraphs!

After posting Transition yesterday (thank you all for the great comments…which wonderfully help to complete a writing), I realized how quickly I read the scripture and then went on with my day.

God guided me back to the scripture. For me, the strongest word in the verse is “commanded”. Not reminded. Not don’t forget. Not put up a post-it note.

Commanded.

As my week of transition continues, I  thank God for being patient with me, even though I am often impatient with Him. He reminds me that wherever I go, He is with me. He commands me to remember and trust in His truth.

My prayer is for us to focus on this verse again today. Wherever we go.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

- Joshua 1:9